Membership in the Inn
Members in this Inn must be attorneys who practice in Sarasota
County, judges of courts serving this county, or law professors and
law students from Stetson University College of Law. Membership is
open to all qualified persons, regardless of race, color, sex, age,
religion, or national origin. The Inn aspires to reflect a cross
section of the legal profession and the judiciary so that no law
firm or specialty is disproportionately represented.
Although our charter originally limited membership of the Inn to
65 active members, we are now authorized to have a maximum of 80
active members. The Executive Committee has established the maximum
number of members in each category as: Masters, 28; Barristers, 32;
Associates, 16 and Pupils, 4.
Membership is divided into the following categories:
- Masters are lawyers of outstanding reputation with
over 12 years at the bar, judges of courts that serve this area, or
law professors. Masters who participate regularly are eligible for
annual renewal of their memberships.
- Barristers are lawyers with from 5 to 12
years at the bar and are elected to serve three-year terms.
- Associates are lawyers with less than 5 years
at the bar and are elected to serve two-year terms.
- Pupils are senior law students from Stetson
College of Law who intend to practice law in Sarasota County.
Pupils serve a one-year term.
In addition to the authorized membership of 80, a Master-Emeritus
may be elected by a two-thirds vote of masters in attendance at a
special meeting called for that purpose. To be nominated as a
Master-Emeritus, a member must have rendered distinguished service
to the bench, bar, and this Inn and have served as a Member in this
Inn for at least three years. An exception may be made for a master
entering the judiciary away from the Sarasota area.
Honorary members may be elected upon nomination by the
Executive Committee upon two-thirds affirmative vote of the
Masters. To be eligible for honorary membership, a person should
have rendered distinguished service to the legal community as a
lawyer or judge.
SELECTION OF MEMBERS
In March, the membership chair determines which members wish to
continue in the Inn and presents to the Executive Committee the
names of those who have applied to be members or have been
recommended for membership. The academic master or masters nominate
four senior law students to become pupils for the coming year.
All nominations are presented to the Executive Committee for
consideration in April. Invitations to membership must be approved
by the Committee and shall not exceed the maximum number permitted
for each classification of membership. The President or the
Membership Chair customarily invites new members on behalf of the